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: In the year 1795, ho resigned. 'Jus ollfioo of "mantor
of the minoHj and wont to Vienna., where ho assoeiatod
with the famed g'oognont Freieslobon,, employed hiniHolf
with botany, especially with the study of nn excellent
collection of exotic; plants which ho ion ml hero,, and
plarmod a journey into Switzerland with KroioHlobon.
JbtiH ])'urpoHO wan now to see Italy, oHpeeia.lly the vol-
canic districts of Naples and Sioily, lie went there
with a. H'orr von llaften, but had to limit his piaun to
Upper Italy, "without bomi»'ablo to reae.h the volea/noes,
on actjonnt of the war, it wan at, this time that tlm
great discovery of UALVANI— the: diwoovory of that
natural foreo "which in our timon han a-fforded ntirh
important practical msultiM, nml wh*u*.h wan c-alletl gal*
vaiitHni, a'fter itn diHCov<^ror~wa.K Ktudied, with profit
interest by Htmiboldt, atid was variounly cixpertnH'nteil
xipon by liim.
But Ida Hciontifie indxintry rttecnviul many na<l
cliockn about tlvk time. HIM beloved mother had
Btittercnl from increasing delicacy for HOtrwunonthH ; bin
brother William, who, after an agreeable ntay In «fena
in 1704,, ha,d, with, his yotm^f wife, <^titered into int.!*-
mate social and ,int(kllecttial rolationn vvitrh HeJiiller
and Ooethe3 the philosopher Jblehto, rtus luntorian
"Woltman u., tlu1^ philolo^ian cou!n<*iUor Hethilt^ the pro*
feBBor and antiipxary Ilger, t,hu theologian, PaailuH, the
doctors Stark and Miifoland, &en wrote" to him in
1*795, to Bayretith, that he hiul in the month of June
found IUH mother ill in Togol, and had therefore post-
poned liis intended, return to Jona that wiutor. Now
to \m iw an unlK»utt<l<ul  homotu whero nothing hiwr f;>'f'nt«»r
tioHH for IIH than Htt'tm^ oniutioitH of tin? woul arul ph%yid«4l
<lwijufe»rH. Brought ui> in a t*.«»tintry whidi hn,w uo utinu^rut.f«* rmi i
tuiixion with tho InUinn <wloniwHt atwl HuliH^quontly ft*» hihiihiiiimi i»f
luountniu (liHiiriotH^ which,, fur tVtnu th« HUI*. wJioro, ji.r<» fnntii»l ftii* tlittir
tuini^ I f<tilt a wolunt paHHion fur tlut wfii< atul for lonjK uiftritutw
voyag'oH <l«vtjlot» liHulf in my McmL All ohjcnttM whb'h wn kunw ottly
by fcho cloHmptiottH of trav«H«»rH hav« att ONpoHal ^hunit ? our plmn*
tany JH )>lttaKtKl with wlut*UiVt»r app<uu*H ii»iii*if«t» nut! tttnliu'ilU
***yaynii>tttH wt> hav*^ to rttuoniuw Mtn*in to UH it* hav«> gw«*IUtfc*
than thoMu which 1VU1 to <mr «har« iu*«Wus narrow <tifwl« wf i»ur
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